Thursday, August 9, 2001
Christopher Swain of Columbia Riverkeeper, Inc. will swim the entire 1,243-mile length of the Columbia River to raise awareness about Columbia River issues and garner support for water-quality programs, he announced at a press conference today in Portland.
Swain's journey will commence in June 2002 at the river's headwaters in Canal Flats, British Columbia, and end at the Pacific Ocean in early November. He expects the voyage to take 160 days, including rest time.
Swain has been swimming more than 20 miles per week, mountain biking and weight training to prepare for the event.
A recently donated 24-foot Bayliner will accompany him on his voyage. Upon completion of the swim, Swain will visually present the water-quality issues facing the Columbia using actual river water samples.
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‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge